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Book Title: Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes|
The author of the book: Lindsay S. Nixon
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Reader ratings: 6.4
Edition: Benbella Books
Date of issue: May 10th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781282919440
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.95 MB
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My new definition of torture? Reading this book while hungry, and it was only slightly less painful to read when not hungry because almost everything looks so delicious. As I read, I started making shopping lists of ingredients I’d need to buy in order to make a few of the recipes. I can remember doing that with only a couple other cookbooks.
I stayed up very late at night (early morning) to finish this book. That’s how engrossing it was for me.
And I loved the adorable little elephant that appears on many pages. So cute.
Recently, I filled out a survey for an upcoming book, a survey about what vegans eat, and one of the questions was what were my three favorite cookbooks. I own over 100 vegan cookbooks and have read several I don’t own, and found that question impossible to answer well; I could have probably answered fairly accurately had I been asked to name my 30 favorite cookbooks. Now, I’m prepared to add this book to that list, and I wish I’d read this book before I answered the questionnaire because I think I’d have included it as one of my three favorite cookbooks. It’s certainly in my top 30 (Of course, I don’t know which book would get displaced from the short list I gave) and in my top ten. I actually wrote a f/u email and mentioned this book as my new favorite. I didn’t know if my email would do any good because I wasn’t sure if the deadline for submissions had passed, but the co-author promptly emailed me back and said they’d have a look at the book; I am so happy about that.
I’m really glad the author is already a Goodreads author member because otherwise I’d have expended the effort and invited her to join.
This is a gorgeous book: beautiful layout, mouthwatering inducing photos, many photos; there are even photos within the index pages.
I so appreciate that the author is cognizant of such things as cost of food and complexity of recipes and ease of finding ingredients.
She’s personable and her notes at the start of every recipe are entertaining and useful. She also has an additional chef’s note on some of the recipe pages, also including very helpful information. These notes definitely contribute to making this book fun to read. I appreciate all the recipes where she includes suggested variations to the basic recipe. She also tells a bit about her background, an inclusion I enjoyed.
This is an ideal book for novice cooks, new vegans, vegans who cook for omnivores and/or children, anybody who wants to eat lower fat versions of favorite foods, anybody interested in healthy vegan eating, and there are quite a few decadent and comfort food recipes included, which should please almost all eaters.
One thing I noticed is that she uses a lot of non-dairy milk, and she even includes a homemade recipe for brown rice milk, which I doubt I’ll use, but it’s cool that it’s there. I’ve rarely use milks, but I’m willing to use them to try out some of these recipes. I love that she uses whole grains because that’s what I like to eat.
She has icons at applicable recipes for: no cooking required, quick, fat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, kid-friendly, and omni-friendly. The latter she explains are recipes that were particularly enjoyed by omnivores. All of the recipes were taste tested by vegans and omnivores, overall positively I assume, but the omni icon are ones best liked by the omnivores. I think these icons at recipes are important information to have for most cooks. For people with allergies or food sensitivities, people who have children, and for those who need to cook to please both omnivores and vegans, this information is indispensable.
Each recipe has nutritional information and, unlike most other cookbooks that include these numbers, here a disclaimer is provided make clear that there are variations and the numbers are not likely to be exact. I appreciated that honesty. Stats provided are calories, calories from fat, total fat in grams, cholesterol (I love it when vegan cookbooks include this because the number is always 0!), total carbohydrate in grams, dietary fiber number grams, grams of sugars, and protein number of grams.
There’s a plethora of recipes I want to try! The taste testers for this book were so lucky. The author has a food blog and some of the recipes have been available there. The recipes in the book that follow are the ones that most appealed to me and I do plan to make some of them (listed in general order of my reading them, not in order of most compelling): gingerbread mini-loaves, cinnamon buns, Nomelet, maple muffins, banana bread, French toast, pumpkin bread, pancakes, creamy carrot soup, African kale and yam soup, curried sweet potato soup, red lentil dal, black bean burgers, hippie loaf, easy macaroni and cheese with the cheddar cheesy sauce (I can’t emphasize enough how thrilled I am to find a recipe for vegan cheese sauce/vegan cheese that doesn’t include mustard!!!), broccoli pesto pasta, corn pudding, baked onion rings, dirty mashed potatoes, Charleston red rice, dirty rice, traditional stuffing (probably for next Thanksgiving/winter holidays!), chocolate chip cookies, black bean brownies, single-serving brownie (perfect for when I don’t trust myself with an entire pan of them!), chocolate cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, pumpkin pie, maple icing, vanilla icing, tofu chocolate icing, brown gravy, Thanksgiving gravy (ditto for the next winter holidays along with the stuffing!), enchilada sauce, the aforementioned cheddar cheesy sauce, tofu ricotta cheese, cranberry sauce (although I think I’d rather try Alicia Silverstone’s with the maple syrup vs. the agave nectar, but I love cranberries so I’m likely to try both), Cajun essence (spice mixture), and there are more too. It seems as though I listed a great many but I couldn't leave out any of the above. Different eaters might like recipes different from my favorites. There are some meat analog dishes here too for those who like them; I don’t.
The index is good, although I did notice I first had trouble finding the brown rice milk recipe that’s included, but overall it’s well laid out and comprehensive, and I didn’t have trouble finding anything else. (The brown rice milk is under brown, but not rice, or milk, or non-dairy milk; the non-dairy milk listing is for non-dairy milks’ general description in the appendix.) Also, the index pages have appendix at the top of the pages. I think those are typos.
The table of contents is long but I want to include its section titles so potential readers/cooks can see how wonderfully comprehensive this book is. It would make a fine gift for a novice cook, a new vegan as their first cookbok, someone starting out in a new kitchen, and really absolutely anyone who enjoys vegan cookbooks.
Table of Contents:
A Word from Lindsay
Why Fat-Free and Low-Fat?
Kitchen Prep Lingo
How to Use This Book
Top Ten Tips
Breakfast & Brunch
Muffins & Breads
Soups, Dals, & Chilis
Burgers, Wraps, Tacos, & More
Quick One-Pot Dinners
Tofu & Vegan Meats
Pasta & Casseroles
Mix & Match: Vegetables, Grains, & Beans
Dips, Snacks, & Finger Foods
Spreads, Gravies, & Sauces
Condiments, Spices, & More
Glossary of Ingredients
About the Author
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